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Five National Guard members injured at unauthorized Moscow rally - source

According to the source, a total of 42 law enforcement members were hurt

MOSCOW, January 24. /TASS/. Five members of the National Guard were injured in downtown Moscow at an unauthorized rally held on Saturday, a source in the law enforcement agencies told TASS.

"Five members of Rosgvardiya [the National Guard] sustained various injuries at an unauthorized rally, which was held on Saturday in the center of Moscow. All members sought medical assistance and no one was rushed to hospital," the source said.

Earlier reports said three National Guard members were injured. According to the source, a total of 42 law enforcement members were hurt.

Unauthorized rallies in support of detained blogger Alexey Navalny were held in Moscow on January 23. Prosecutors and police had warned that the participants of the event would be held accountable.

Navalny, who had been twice convicted for fraud, was put on a wanted list for violating the terms of punishment under the Yves Rocher case on many occasions. He was detained at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport on January 17 upon his arrival from Berlin. Moscow’s Khimki Court ordered Navalny to be remanded in custody until February 15. On February 2, the court is scheduled to hear a motion on replacing his suspended sentence with a real one.